Poets Respond

Poetry Is Back in the News

 

On average, poems in Rattle are published six months after they were submitted. Then they appear online six months after that. Real poetry is timeless, of course, so usually it doesn’t matter—but this is the age of information. News cycles rarely last more than a week, let alone a year. One reason poetry lags behind other forms of contemporary media might be this delay—how can poetry be part of the conversation when it enters so late? Moreover, poets do often respond to current events in real-time, so why make them wait for our print schedule?

Our solution is Poets Respond—a poem written within the last week about a public event that occurred within the last week will appear every Sunday. Our only criterion for selection is the quality of the poem; all opinions and reactions are welcome. Selected poets will receive $50. To have your own poem considered for next week’s posting, submit at the link below before midnight Friday PST. Any poems sent before the midnights of Sunday and Tuesday will also be considered for bonus postings mid-week.


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Response Poems

 

2016

Audio Available Hayden Saunier Hard Facts 3 (Do Not Resist) (Sep. 25)
Joe Balaz In Dis Newfangled Oz (Sep. 18)
Vicki Iorio Why I Don’t Wright Poems About 9/11 (Sep. 11)
Audio Available Raquel Vasquez Gilliland Life on Earth (Sep. 4)
Audio Available M.K. Foster Volta (Sep. 1)
Audio Available Mark Wagenaar Poem for Max Ritvo, Perhaps (Aug. 28)
Audio Available Susan Comninos How People End (Aug. 23)
Audio Available Megan Merchant Road Closure, Aleppo (Aug. 21)
Audio Available Jackleen Holton Hookway Olympia (Aug. 14)
Julian Randall The Search for Frank Ocean … (Aug. 7)
Audio Available Craig van Rooyen Ode to a Nightingale in a Payload (Aug. 2)
Audio Available Meryl Stratford A Brief History of the World (July 31)
Audio Available Sarah Wells Of Thee I Sing (July 24)
Audio Available Scherezade Siobhan The Mirror I Won’t (July 19)
Audio Available Frank Dullaghan Promenade des Anglais (July 17)
Audio Available Nordette N. Adams Digital Anthropologists … (July 12)
Audio Available Nicole Homer The Dead Line (July 10)
Audio Available Bayleigh Fraser Ghazal on Independence Day (July 5)
Audio Available Patricia O’Neil Who Speaks for the Rock Snot? (July 3)
Audio Available Ryan Dzelzkalns The World’s Smallest Snail … (June 26)
Audio Available Jackleen Holton Hookway Alligators (June 21)
Audio Available Leila Chatti While Reading the News … (June 19)
Audio Available Chris Emslie Prayer for Anything but Prayer (June 14)
Audio Available Amy Miller I Am Over Here Sobbing (June 12)
Audio Available Mark Wagenaar Little Song (Altar) (June 7)
Audio Available Akua Lezli Hope Endangered (June 5)
Audio Available Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee No Urdu in Dilli, Mian (May 29)
Audio Available P.C. Vandall At the Circus (May 22)
Audio Available Jana Harris The Healthcare System (May 17)
Audio Available Jay Sizemore Gun of a Bitch (May 15)
Audio Available Ilyse Kusnetz Harbinger (May 10)
Audio Available Brody Parrish Craig Profane Androgen (May 8)
Maisie Williams MTA (May 1)
Audio Available Luisa Muradyan Tannahill Purple Rain (Apr. 24)
Wederic Eubals Jan Böhmermann the Great (Apr. 19)
Audio Available Sonia Greenfield From Nigeria to New Zealand (Apr. 17)
Audio Available Bayleigh Fraser To the Woman Who Ruled … (Apr. 10)
Audio Available E.E. Lampman Letter to a Tardigrade (Apr. 3)
Audio Available Clint Margrave Candidate (Mar. 29)
Audio Available Judith H. Montgomery B-Word (Mar. 27)
Audio Available William Fargason Images of Kurt Cobin’s Shotgun … (Mar. 22)
Audio Available Meera Jhala I Don’t Quite Know … (Mar. 20)
Audio Available Catherine Pond March 9th, Dusk (Mar. 15)
Audio Available David Miller Elegy (Mar. 13)
Audio Available Victoria Kornick On Access (Mar. 8)
Audio Available Kai Carlson-Wee Signs (Mar. 6)
Audio Available Lea Tieger Electorate (Mar. 1)
Audio Available Cortney Lamar Charleston Chillary Clinton Said … (Feb. 28)
Audio Available Elizabeth Weaver Electing Hell (Feb. 21)
Audio Available Peg Duthie Look at That, You Son of a Bitch (Feb. 14)
Audio Available Rebecca Starks Politicians (Feb. 11)
Jonel Abellanosa To the Red Fire Monkey (Feb. 9)
Audio Available Cade Leebron I’m Drinking in Bed (Feb. 7)
Audio Available Aliki Barnstone Late January Thaw, Refugees … (Jan. 31)
Audio Available Rosemerry Trommer After My Friend Phyllis Shows Me … (Jan. 26)
Audio Available Maureen Doallas Elegy: #LeilaAlaoui (Jan. 24)
Audio Available Maggie Clark Whatever It Is It Comes in Waves (Jan. 17)
Audio Available Colin Pope Major Tom Turns into Light (Jan. 12)
Audio Available Pepper Trail This Refuge from Its Inception … (Jan. 10)
Audio Available Anthony Frame Why We Don’t Have Children (Jan. 5)
Audio Available Chaun Ballard What Would You Say If You Were … (Jan. 3)

2015

Wendy Videlock A Toast (Dec. 27)
Lorna Davis The Campaign Before Christmas (Dec. 25)
Audio Available Ramandeep Johal Watching the Sunset … (Dec. 20)
Audio Available Lisa DeSiro Trumped-Up (Dec. 13)
Audio Available Deborah P. Kolodji Haiku (Dec. 7)
Audio Available Lynne Knight America Listen Allen Ginsberg … (Dec. 6)
Audio Available Susana H. Case Level 4: Brussels (Nov. 29)
Lisa Martin If You Aren’t Really a Racist … (Nov. 24)
Audio Available Jessica Goodfellow Perpetuation of the Species (Nov. 22)
Audio Available Joanna Lee Moments of Silence (Nov. 15)
Audio Available Akua Lezli Hope Resignation (Nov. 8)
Audio Available Katherine Lo The Headline Reads, Processed Meat … (Nov. 1)
Audio Available Ariana Brown Ossuary (Oct. 25)
Emmalee Hagarman Things That Happen (Oct. 18)
Audio Available Conor Kelly The Gun and the Gown (Oct. 11)
Audio Available Gary Leising Two Variations on a Triolet … (Oct. 4)
Audio Available Kayla Rae Candrilli Daraprim (Sept. 27)
Audio Available Alejandro Escudé The English Teacher Who Mistook … (Sept. 20)
Audio Available Sam Cha I Am Michael Derrick Hudson (Sept. 13)
Audio Available Zeina Hashem Beck Ghazal: Back Home (Sept. 6)
Conor Bracken I Worry That in the Blue Mornings (Aug. 30)
Audio Available Dore Kiesselbach Mignon (Aug. 23)
Audio Available Rayon Lennon Sky Beer (Aug. 16)
Audio Available Rhina P. Espaillat Rhymes With Banish (Aug. 9)
Audio Available Amy Elizabeth Robinson What Do You Give (Aug. 2)
Audio Available Tiana Clark Sandy Speaks (July 26)
Audio Available Bayleigh Fraser Let Me Tell You About … (July 19)
Audio Available Kerrin McCadden In Praise of Jonathan Matthew (July 12)
Audio Available A.M. Juster Hillanelle (July 5)
Audio Available Stevie Edwards After the Vigil … (June 28)
Patrick Ryan Frank Landscape with Questions (June 21)
Audio Available Ace Boggess Escape Envy (June 14)
Audio Available Suzanne Langlois To Caitlyn Jenner (June 7)
Audio Available Abby E. Murray Memorial Day 2015 (May 31)
Audio Available A.J. Bradley Inheritance (May 24)
Audio Available Susan Cohen The Boston Marathon Bombing (May 17)
Audio Available Bayleigh Fraser Unsigned Mother’s Day Card (May 10)
Audio Available Jennifer Givhan The Polar Bear (May 3)
Will Nixon National Poetry Month (Apr. 25)
Audio Available Meryl Stratford Section B, Page 6 (Apr. 18)
Audio Available Cortney Lamar Charleston Feeling Fucked Up (Apr. 11)
Audio Available Jackleen Holton Hookway The Poetry Lesson (Apr. 4)
Audio Available Chera Hammons The Descent of the Germanwings (Mar. 29)
Janice D. Soderling Dolphin Legend of the World Before (Mar. 22)
Damian Caudill How Florida Lost Its Edge (Mar. 15)
Audio Available Marie-Aline Roemer Questions for Lyudmila (Mar. 8)
Audio Available C. Wade Bentley Perfidious Under Fire (Mar. 1)
Audio Available Dante Di Stefano Elegy for Philip Levine (Feb. 22)
Audio Available Leila Chatti The Words Come, They Choke Me (Feb. 15)
Audio Available Beth Gylys Levels of Shit or Thom Tillis … (Feb. 8)
Audio Available Vincent Toro Gratuitous Super Bowl Poem (Feb. 1)
Audio Available Andrew Collard Realism: For an Infant … (Jan. 25)
Audio Available Conor Kelly Words for a Craven Editor (Jan. 18)
Audio Available R.G. Evans Pussy Nation (Jan. 11)
Audio Available Chera Hammons Sparrows (Jan. 4)

2014

Audio Available Emily Yoon Hello Miss Pretty Bitch (Dec. 28)
Audio Available Russell Colver The Night Before Christmas 2014 … (Dec. 25)
Audio Available Mihir Vatsa In the Winter of 2014 … (Dec. 21)
Audio Available Lynne Knight Dark Prison Ledger (Dec. 14)
Audio Available Marjorie Lotfi Gill The Gun in Its Holster (Dec. 7)
Audio Available Lynne Thompson Sonnet Consisting of One Law (Nov. 30)
Audio Available Rachel J. Bennett Unsent Letter from Philae … (Nov. 23)
Audio Available Lynne Knight On Hearing of Robin Williams’ … (Nov. 16)
Audio Available Kevin Heaton The Electorate (Nov. 9)
Audio Available Sneha Madhavan-Reese Nathan Cirillo (Nov. 2)
Audio Available Cortney Lamar Charleston Miley Cyrus Presides Over … (Oct. 26)
Audio Available Jay Sizemore How to Remove a Hazmat Suit (Oct. 19)
Audio Available Devin Kelly Fear Of (Oct. 12)
Audio Available Amy Miller For Those Who Would Kill … (Oct. 4)
Audio Available Julie Henson I’m Not Calling It a Chasm (Sept. 28)
Audio Available Christopher Kempf I Shot an Arrow … (Sept. 21)
Audio Available Sonia Greenfield The Spokesperson Said … (Sept. 14)
Audio Available Peter E. Murphy Labor Day: Atlantic City (Sept. 7)
Audio Available Lynne Knight The Letter from James Foley (Aug. 31)
Audio Available Mark Smith-Soto Streamers (Aug. 25)
Audio Available Sonia Greenfield Corpse Flower (Aug. 24)
Audio Available Gabrielle Bates Of the Lamp (Aug. 18)
Jason McCall Roll Call for Michael Brown (Aug. 17)
Audio Available Marjorie Lotfi Gill Picture of Girl … (Aug. 10)
Audio Available Elise Liu She Runs from the River (Aug. 3)
Audio Available Zeina Hashem Beck Ya’aburnee (July 27)
Audio Available Megan Collins How I Fathom the Crash (July 20)
Audio Available Elly Bookman On July 8 (July 13)
Audio Available Rebecca Schumejda Black Banana (July 6)
Audio Available Megan Collins After the Memorial (June 29)
Audio Available Kari Gunter-Seymour A Letter to Jani Larson … (June 22)
Albert Haley Presidential Poetry Briefing (June 15)
Audio Available Alejandro Escudé The Other Me (June 8)
Audio Available Tria Wood Instructions (June 1)